|Born||Ryan Earl Merriman
April 10, 1983
Choctaw, Oklahoma, US
Ryan Earl Merriman (born April 10, 1983) is an American film and television actor. He began his career at the age of ten, and has appeared in several feature films and television shows. He is best known for his roles as Jake in The Ring Two (2005) and Kevin Fischer in Final Destination 3 (2006).
Merriman was born in Choctaw, Oklahoma, the son of Earl and Nonalyn Merriman. He has a sister, Monica. At a young age, he began acting in commercials, print work, vocal performances, and local theater (Stage Struck Studios) in Oklahoma.
Merriman's first major role was on the television series, The Mommies, which ran from 1993 to 1995. During the mid and late 1990s, he appeared in most episodes of The Pretender as a younger version of the title character. Merriman has starred in several made-for-television films, including Smart House, The Luck of the Irish (2001), and as a young Meyer Lansky in Lansky. He appeared in the 1999 feature film The Deep End of the Ocean, playing the lost son of Michelle Pfeiffer's character, and subsequently starred as the main character, a Jewish boy from the Bronx, in the film Just Looking, which received a limited theatrical release in 2000. In 2002 he played the Madeleine L'Engle character Adam Eddington in another Disney Channel original movie, A Ring of Endless Light. In the years following, Merriman returned to television roles, and appeared in Dangerous Child, co-starring Delta Burke, the mini-series Taken (2003–04), and a guest role on Smallville in 2004.
Merriman's roles include the horror films Halloween: Resurrection (2002), The Ring Two (2005) and Final Destination 3 (2006). He is one of the leads of Home of the Giants, a high school drama co-starring Haley Joel Osment and Danielle Panabaker. He appeared in the CBS mini-series Comanche Moon, in January 2008. He played the lead role of Henry Dunn in the original pilot presentation for Harper's Island, but was replaced by Christopher Gorham when the pilot was ordered to series by CBS.
In 2012 he starred on the 16th episode of Season 2 in Hawaii Five-0 as Dennis Mack.
Dwight H. Little wanted Merriman to play Jin Kazama in his movie Tekken, but Merriman turned it down, so the role went to John Foo. He did, however, star in the Hallmark Channel original movie Elevator Girl as the male protagonist Jonathan, the young successful lawyer who finds himself falling for a free-spirited young woman who is way below his pay grade. In 2011 Merriman appeared in The 5th Quarter, a feature film about the surprising 2006 football season of Wake Forest University, as the team's star linebacker Jon Abbate.
Married a woman named Micol Duncan in 2004, divorced after seven years of marriage in 2011. Merriman doesn't have any children.
|1997||What's Right With America||Todd Gordon|
|1998||Everything That Rises||Nathan Clay||Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series or Series – Leading Young Actor|
|1999||Night Ride Home||Justin|
|1999||The Deep End of the Ocean||Sam Karras/Ben Cappadora||Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actor|
|1999||Smart House||Ben Cooper|
|1999||Just Looking||Lenny Levine||Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor|
|2000||Rocket's Red Glare||Todd Baker|
|2001||The Luck of the Irish||Kyle Johnson|
|2001||Dangerous Child||Jack Cambridge||Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie or Special – Leading Young Actor|
|2002||Halloween: Resurrection||Myles Barton|
|2002||A Ring of Endless Light||Adam Eddington|
|2005||The Colt||Jim Rabb|
|2005||The Ring Two||Jake|
|2006||Final Destination 3||Kevin Fischer||lead role alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead|
|2007||Home of the Giants||Matt Morrison|
|2011||The 5th Quarter||Jon Abbate|
|2012||My Hometown||Rick Dickson||Filming|
|2013||42||Dixie Walker||In release|
|1993–1995||The Mommies||Blake Kellogg||30 episodes
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series
(shared with Sam Gifaldi, Ashley Peldon, Shiloh Strong, and Joey Zimmerman)
|1995||The Client||Jeff Dietrich||"The Way Things Were"|
|1996–2000||The Pretender||young Jarod / Gemini||50 episodes
Nominated — Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series – Supporting Young Actor (1997)
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series – Supporting Young Actor (1998, 1999)
|2001||Touched by an Angel||Jason Harris||"Visions of thy Father"|
|2002||Taken||Sam Crawford||"Acid Tests"
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Special – Supporting Young Actor
|2003–2004||Veritas: The Quest||Nikko Zond||13 episodes|
|2008||Comanche Moon||Jake Spoon||3 episodes|
|2010–2012||Pretty Little Liars||Ian Thomas||15 episodes|
|2012||Hawaii Five-0||Dennis Mack||episode I Helu Pu|
- "Ryan and Micol". The Official Ryan Merriman Website. October 28, 2011. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
- Ryan Merriman Biography (1983–)
- 'Elevator Girl' lifts Oklahoma actor's career| LexisNexis|Professional Journal archives from AllBusiness.com